The National Park Service rededicates Arlington House, the Robert E. Lee Memorial. As the nation marks the 150th anniversary of the Civil War and after a six-year restoration effort, Americans can once again see the house much as Lee knew it.
Built by George Washington Parke Custis – the step-grandson of George Washington – it was originally a memorial to the first president. Lee married Custis’ daughter, Mary, who was the great-granddaughter of Martha Washington. It was at Arlington House that Lee resigned from the U.S. Army at the outset of the Civil War. Arlington House is the only national memorial to a former Confederate leader, and recognizes Lee’s post-war public efforts at reconciliation.